Philadelphia Bus Accident Attorneys
Everyday, hundreds of people use busses with the expectation that they will arrive safely at their destination, but unfortunately bus accidents across the nation yield staggering injury and fatality statistics each year. According to a June 2011 USA Today article, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) data indicates that passenger carrying motor coach accidents that result in fatalities have increased significantly despite a downward trend in highway deaths on the whole. As a major city and metropolitan area, Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania is served by numerous operators and many types of busses from throughout the United States. Bus accidents can occur in an array of types of buses, that can include long-haul, private interstate transportation providers, like “Chinatown buses”, short-range commuter shuttles, and other passenger-carrying motor carriers.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, you may be able to file a bus accident liability claim in order to be compensated for your losses. The experienced lawyers at Reiff & Bily understand how emotionally, physically, and financially devastating these types of accidents can be, and have helped hundreds of clients who may have suffered similar losses to your own. Do not hesitate to call our law offices at (800) 861-6708 in order to begin your free consultation.
In the wake of a bus accident injury, you may be feeling helpless and confused about how to handle your insurance company, whether to sign papers about your case, and how to adapt to your post treatment medical realities. At Reiff & Bily, we are sympathetic to the challenges and concerns you may be facing and will listen to you in order to help you formulate your best course of action — not only to get fair remuneration for your injuries, but also to get your life back on track.
It is important to keep in mind that insurance adjusters do not necessarily have your best interests at heart. It is important to be cautious with what you say to the insurance company and carefully review any documents before you agree to anything. It is in your best interests to contact an experienced and knowledgable lawyer to evaluate your options, or read any documents that you may be given to read or sign.
HOW SAFE ARE BUSES?
While the safety of a particular bus is a confluence of factors including the bus type, vehicle condition, road conditions, and more, generally, buses are not any safer than cars. A 2012 Journal of Safety Research article, Risk factors associated with bus accident severity in the United States, found that while buses are relatively safe there is nevertheless a significant amount of bus related accidents. The study did identified several risk factors that can increase the likelihood that a bus accident is severe. These factors include:
- The presence of a younger bus drier who is under the age of 25
- Drivers over the age of 55, but more significantly after age 65
- At very high speed limits (greater than 65 miles per hour)
- At very low speed limits (less than 20 miles per hour)
- At intersections
- When the driver is distracted
- When the driver engages in risky driving
While many, if not most, bus operators adhere to the federal safety guidelines, there are some companies that put profits over health and safety. If you have been injured in an accident due to corner-cutting, negligence or other reasons, Reiff & Bily may be able to obtain compensation for your severe injuries and other damages, such as loss of wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
WHAT IF I’VE BEEN IN A SEPTA ACCIDENT?
If you or someone you love has been injured in any bus accident it is crucial to seek medical attention for your injuries immediately. Early treatment typically improves your recovery prognosis.
SEPTA successfully serves millions of people, over multiple counties surrounding the Philadelphia region, each and every single day, but train, bus, and trolley accidents can happen. If you have been injured in a SEPTA accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical care, loss of wages, or other losses.
SEPTA is protected under certain laws, including The Sovereign Immunity Act, that make filing a liability claim time and case specific, so you need a lawyer who understands the laws fully and can act efficiently to file your claim. If you have been injured in a SEPTA accident, there are certain limitations that only a skilled attorney will understand. It is important to contact the lawyers at Reiff & Bily soon after your accident, in order to help you navigate your case.
HOW REIFF & BILY CAN HELP FOLLOWING YOUR ACCIDENT
Bus accidents are often extremely complex and complicated to understand; this is especially true when multiple factors contribute to causing the accident. Multiple collisions, three or more vehicles involved, manufacturing defects, design defects, negligence, extreme weather, use of alcohol or other drugs, and driver distractions are but a few of the causes that must be considered in every accident.
Once the circumstances surrounding that accident have been uncovered, an experienced attorney can prepare a legal strategy designed to achieve a favorable result. We can engage in settlement discussions, but we are always prepared to take a matter to trial if it is likely to result in a better outcome for our client.
Our LAWYERS FIGHT FOR PHILADELPHIANS INJURED IN BUS ACCIDENTS
You can trust the Philadelphia bus accident attorneys at Reiff & Bily to explain your case options in clear, concise language. We seek to empower our clients by not only fighting for them in the courtroom, but also by tailoring our goals by listening to their needs. If you would like to have a serious discussion about your legal options following a bus accident, call Reiff & Bily at 800-861-6708 or contact us online.
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